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Palmer Being Probed
The turbulent political tide has cast up various and con
siderable flotsam and jetsam these past few weeks. It seems
that the desires of the ambitious politicians to sacrifice them
selves upon the altar of service for the people", has led
some of them to very questionable methods whereby to ac
complish their laudable ends.
Aside from the matter of the Wood campaign funds
which is not at all unusual nor new, we have the matter of
Mr. Palmer's candidacy. It seems that Mr Palmer failed to
keep his agreement at San Francisco in allowing some 25 1
delegates to run wild instead of turning them to McAdoo at
the proper moment. Of course this is an unpardonable sin
against the administration and rumors are rife in Washington
that the skir',3 are being greased to slide Mr. Palmer out of
Meanwhile the Senate committee investigating primary
campaign expenses at St. Louis, has focussed its official lens j
upon charges against Palmer made by the Woman's High Ccs: I
ot Living headuuerters, a government agency. Succintly
stated, the charges are these as made by miss Olive Brugge
man, former executive secretary. Mr Palmer, the charges state,
established 2,000 headquarters in all sections of the country
from which publicity for the reduction of the high cost of
living was sent out. These headquarters, aside from being used
for the purpose intended, were turned into Palmer booster
clubs for the furthering of his nomination for the Pres
idency. Republicans were fired from jobs thereui and demo
crats installed as a further aid to Mr. Palmer's ambitions. The
well known fact that the Department of Justice has been
more active in aiding Mr Palmer's candidacy than in car
rying out its official duties, does not add to Mr. Palmer's
chances of escaping punishment.
However, if Mr. Palmer had by some hook or crook won
the nomination the whole Democratic machine would have stood
gaWjjlljC behind to and he would have been heralded broadcast as
the" quintescence of purity and the savior of the nation.
Having lost the nomination and in the losing aroused the
administration's ire, most any thing is likely to happen to
our famous Destroyer of the Reds.
The Poles in Rout
The past week's dispatches prove what has long been ex
pected and prophesied by those best able to interpret the
movements of the Polish and Bolshevik battle fronts. Under
the steady hammering of immense Red Army forces, the
Polish front has moved steadily backward. Its location from
day to day is a matter of conjecture. City after city has been
evacuated to the pressing tide of Trotsky's well disciplined
and equipped cavalry and infantry.
The capitulation of Poland to the Soviet forces may be
expected at any moment, so intense has become the Red drive.
That the Red forces intend to move straight to Warsaw is
conjectured and the possibility of such a move is conceded
now that their strength is proved.
Meanwhile the power of the Polish army dwindles. It is
in rout and there appears no solution except capitulation. A
losing battle is being fought in which the last reserves of
Poland are being inducted. The inevitable has occurred. Po
land's imperialistic ambitions have received the answer they
deserved. It is only to be regretted that she could not foresee
the result as early as did the Allies, who have only nominally
supported her these past few weeks. Had she due sense, many,
many lives would have been saved. As it is, she has but ad
ded to her internal miseries that of defeat. But if the work
ers of Poland are able thru that defeat and the people's mis
eries to ovethrow tho bourgeois government and establish the
Polish Soviet, then only, will they reap a 'profit from their
experience. That it is among the probabilities is without
The reading of the daily papers since the nomination of
the two major parties, candidates convinces us that the mak
ing of Myths comprises one of tho official duties of the cap
italist press. No sooner had the nominating votos been count
ed than the candidates blossomed forth in its pages as re
sorvoirs of wisdom, statesmanship, and all qualities neces
sary to the office of President. Their records from babyhood
to the moment of going to press have been oponed and no
flaw foimd therein. Photographs of the candidates as nursing
babes, school boys, young men, and politicians; together with
those of their wives children, dogs, cats, horses, houses and
what not, have been pictured before a snrfeitad public in a
manner calculated to fill Its mind with the idea that two
super men had at last been chosen to lead the people out of
the wildemeiis in which it now bewails and laments.
The capitalist press calculates with what surprising ac
curacy, the aptitude of the public to forget the events of the
lecent pr.st. The same old game of Myth creating has been
carried on at each campaign for lo, these many years; yet, at
each succeeding election tho worn tricks are brought out of
the political lumber room and with magical results are ex
hibited again bet ore the stupid raze of the gullible multitude.
Wei! does the capitalist press know its audience.
Granted two mouths time in which to work upon the
public mind, the public daily press will have men, women
and childieS) fired into I frenzy of political fervor over the
personalities and qualifications of these two papcr-machie
dummies of capitalism. The same thing has worked before, it
will work with equal success again. Who does not recall the
Wilsonian Myth? And who, other than a poUtician nursing a
hope of a political job will not concede the point that the
Myth has become but a moth eaten rag flapping senselessly
in the breeze, a mere sracecrow?
The two candidates, now haloed as saviors by the two
political wings of the same interests, are befitting the plat
forms upon which they hope t' ride to victory thru the ignor
ance of the great American voting mule. Like their
platforms neither can be credited with vision, character or the
qualities cf leadership. Neither have anything to offer tho
wage earners of America except the continuation of their
slavery and a tighter rivettirg of their fetters. Nevertheless,
these same deluded slaves will march to the polls and with
hazzaus bow the neck and bend the knee to these Myths,
created by fraudulent newspaper publicity.
Dope for Dubbs Only
We sometimes wonder if the capitalist press takes itself
at all seriously. Its contradictions are so palpable and its sins
so culpable that we must marvel that it should for a moment
do less than cynically smile at its bluff, bluster, bragadocio
The Cleveland Plain Dealer, in speaking editorially of the
opening of trade relations with Russia, says: "Little or
nothing will be sent because Americans will not take the risk
of dealing with forsworn irresponsibles. .. . So it appears
that the unreliability of the Bolsheviki and their record of
faithlessness will be quite as effective as a government em
bargo to keep American goods out of Russia" Ignorance of
actual facts cannot be assumed by the editor for such a
statement. In previous editorial statements, he has intimated
a knowledge of the growing demand among manufacturers for
the permission to trade with Russia. The truth of the matter
is, that the Plain Dealer Editor has misconstructed the desires
of manufacturing interests in this country or has allowed
his animosity to Sovietism to dictate the above untrue as
sertion. Let us see what the manufacturers themselves say in re
spect to whether they will do business with Soviet Russia or
not whether they consider themselve as taking such tremend
uous risks at the hands of 'irresponsibles". Just how welcome
to Cleveland manufacturers is the granted permit to ship to
Russia is seen in the statement of Mrs, J. O. Hammond, sec
retary of the Foreign Trade Department of the Cleveland
Chamber of Commerce, "At least fifteen Cleveland firms
have been waiting to send machinery to Russia", is her
statement to the Cleveland Press.
Is it likely that fifteen of the largest manufacturers of
Cleveland would wait for months to ship goods to a people
whom they considered a bad account1? Well, hardly. To social
ists generally, and to a great number in particular, it has
been long known that thousands of contracts involving mil
lions of dollars worth of goods have already been signed by
America's greatest manufacturers and the agents of the So
viet government in this country for delivery to Russia. The
desire of Cleveland manufacturers to take adventage of the
Russian market is equalled by the manufacturer of every other
industrial center in this country.
However, we conjecture that the P. D. Editor writes his
anti-bolshevist dope for consumption by the Henry Dubb3
We Must Go Too
In these days of high cost of existence and intensified
commercialized living there is some excuse for a popular and
widespread belief that by segregation of tho individual from
society the vicissitudes of modern 'civilized' life may le
evaded; that wo may step aside at will and "let the world
go by." This erroneus concept is held chiefly by those who
have not as yet experienced a try out of their theories. Mil
lions of common folks, after half a life time spent in a vain
and inglorious effort to beat the game of modern living, are
casting about for some method, means or manner in which to
get away from the terrific, endless nightmare into some seclud
ed spot away from it all, where, in security and peaceful re
pose, they may pass the remainder of their days nearer to
Nature and in accordance with the natural bias of human
Such a desire arises from too much "civilization," a
"fed up" condition as it were. Aftor a twenty year battle
with adverse and unnatural circumstances, the body grows
weary, the soid sickens and tho natural reaction occurs
back to Nature becomes the cry and the obession. Thousands
are seeking this Elysium every day in the year. But where
one has found it, it is safe to assert that nine hundred and
ninety nine have failed in their quest.
Nature herself, seems to have been backed off the map
these days, so far reaching have become the tenacles of mod
em life. Into every nook and cranny extend the long arms of
this octopus, this man killing, life destroying monster that
sucks tho blood and shrinks the souls of untold millions the
world over. Into the mountains and the valleys, deep into the
forests, upon every plain, extend the telephone, the railway,
the paved auto road, those feelers and establishers of the new
enter, that has been slowly but surely creeping upon the vir
ginity of this land. And where they reach, there is eatabliahod
another antpost of capitalistic ciriUtatton. There a new field
is opened for the exploitation of another people; there ii
erected the machinery for the slaughter which feeds tho
Man ii by nature, a tocial being. The hermit life Is as
and degrading as is that of the modern city wao
Both are unnatural and both are destructive of the best
an is a social being. A world of hermits is unthinkable.
rid wherein each is for himself and by himself is equal
ly possible. To go forward, no matter thru what seas of
miseries, to better things beyond is the inevitable course of
hurniui life and association. The evils of our modern life are
not Jto bo cured by attempted evasion. Even tho it were pos-
for a large number of individuals to escape from the
whirlpool, the whirpool would still remain a source of
to others and to generations coming after us.
e evils of society are social and caunot be solved by
the individual, but only by the efforts of masses acting
son. Whether we will or no. we are compelled by the
nature of man and the character of the society evolved
's association with his fellows to solve social problems
social way. We cannot dodge nor evade the rest of the
The struggle to survive compels us toward association.
od in the social system, we enjoy in common likewise
e bear the evils in common until such time as we will
social will and intelligence evolve a better civilization.
e cannot "let the world go by", it won't do it. If it
at all, we must also go with it, for that is the law of
They Are With Us Not
j "They are with us the bourgeois liberals, when the time
comes they'll be with us." Ever hear a socialist say that?
Very likely you have many times. It is oue of those thoug'ut
the habit of repeating, which are belied by facts as
well as probabilities. ' They're coming our way" is cheer
fully vouchsafed when some better or worse known liberal
makes a statement bordering upon the revolutionary,
fully vouchafed when some better or worse known liberal a
statement bordering upon the revolutionary.
Some socialists will recognize the materialistic basis for
human mass actions with one breath and deny it with tho
next, which is just what is done in making such foolish
statements as above indicated. Presumably, the wish is father
to the thot socialists are mostly proselytes and when there
are indications that one has won a new convert, he is apt to
forget his A B C of socialism in a moment of rapture that
another brand is snatched from the burning.
The United States, especially, contains a very large group
of this character, business men, educators, large farmers all
members of the middle class with middle class ideas and
ideals. The chief difference between them and the real capital
ist class is the difference between a million dollars and one
tenth as much. The middle class would be perfectly content
ed and satisfied with the capitalist system and the easlav
ementof the working class if its status in society were not
mi jeopardy. But as the rise to power of the greater bourge
oisie also makes grist of it as well as the wage slave class,
it duly emits howls in proportion to the pinch of the
When one examines the "liberalism" of these bourgeoisie,
then we begin to realize how woefully shy of any thing rev
olutionary is their creed. Their demands for the re-establishment
of free speech, press and assemblage; of the enforce
ment of the laws in line with Constitutional provisions: what
are they? The most that can be said is that they are curbs
which they would place upon the development of capitalism.
In other words, their liberalism is only a set of rules by which
they might legally and without fear of imprisonment tell the
truth about the class whose puppets they are. the big capital
ists. For many years the battle has been raging between the
petit and the great bourgeoisie. Twenty four years ago the
petit bourgeoisie weut down to defeat in the political cam
paign. It has never been able to "come back", nor will it.
Finance capital holds the world in the hollow of its hand.. The
petit bourgeoisie has been forced to adopt the practice of
crumbgatherers at the table of finance capital. Their liberal
ism consists in a desire to re establish the political and eco
nomic condition of 30 years ago, no more.
To assume that the liberal bourgeoisie is with us the
revolutionists, is to fly in the face of facts of recent history.
Where were they when the Bolsheviks took power in Russia?
It was they who sabotaged, who refused to give their services
to the people's government Only as they learned in time that
the Bolshevists were in power to stay, did they accept places
in the government and in the industries. In other words, only
when they were whipped by the proletarian power did they
cast their lot with the proletarians. So will it be elsewhere.
The liberals of the bourgeoisie, big or little, are still hour
geoisie, with the instincts, desires and qualifications of their
class. They will not change over night and on the morning
of the proletarian victory cast their lot with the victors. But
only by the logic of that victory will they fall in line and be
of service to us. Only when they are whipped will they be
IL flashed by in his glistening new Snper-oight
And swirled around to a tlo.ul slop before mc.
"How do you like the linos?" ho gloated.
And 1 thought of tho linos thai jrnvo him who
had not earned it. that toy;
Lines that hound tho limbs of those on Bayonne
That their food might be his fuel;
Lines of soldiers and a bleeding crowd at ! udlow;
Bread linos filled with hungry children
And hopelw.H, hulking, dark-browed mm,
Lines of fear and linns f privation.
Aim? one line was a hennxii roo and taut
For one end was attaehod to a bridge
Aikl itho othw was around a human neck.
How did I like the linoHttt 1 didn't care for them.
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